Residents appeal to police over Horncastle play park vandalism

The park in Watermill Lane, Horncastle which has been the subject of vandalism EMN-150427-143545001
The park in Watermill Lane, Horncastle which has been the subject of vandalism EMN-150427-143545001

Residents living near a popular children’s play area in Horncastle have called for an increase in police patrols after a spate of vandalism.

East Lindsey District Council has confirmed the play area - adjacent to Tesco in Watermill Lane - has been targeted by vandals twice in recent weeks.

Residents are full of praise for ELDC which responded quickly to requests to repair the damage.

However, they say they are increasingly concerned by gangs of youths congregating in the area at night.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The kids seem to have started hanging around in the early evening.

“There are a few older ones among them and I’ve seen them with cans of alcohol.

“I didn’t think drinking was allowed at the playground.

“It’s a shame because it’s a nice facility for the town.”

Mum of two Josie Wilson said she was disappointed with the vandalism. She added: “They can’t keep anything nice these days.

“My kids love the playground and we use it during the day. I wouldn’t like to come in the evening.

“You do worry about things like broken glass. I always check first but you never know.”

Another resident said they had suffered verbal abuse after asking the youths to be quiet.

He added: “It was after 10pm one night and they were making a racket.

“Sometimes, they are kicking a ball about. Other times they are just sat about talking.

“You don’t like saying much to them because you just get verbals back. It can be intimidating.”

ELDC’s Neighbourhoods Team Leader, Danny Wilson, said: “It is disappointing that there is an ongoing issue with vandalism at this particular play park in Horncastle with two incidents in recent weeks.

“Both incidents have caused damage to equipment and the safety surface.

“We are in contact with the police in a bid to find a way to resolve the issue.

“In the meantime, we continue to do all we can to ensure the play park remains open and safe for the community use.”

A police spokesman said they were aware of the vandalism and confirmed they were working with ELDC. Officers are patrolling the area.